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It is easy to see why Kenya Airways chose the tagline 'Pride of Africa'. The airline operates out of Nairobi servicing a wide range of African destinations with optimum efficiency and inimitable style. It is one of Africa's largest operators and at the forefront of African Aviation, boasting rapid growth and development.

To step aboard a Kenya Airways flight is to step into the warm embrace of Africa, where hospitality comes naturally and service excellence is effortless. Tasty, seasonal meals are offered on all long-distance flights as well as a range of beverages.

At the annual World Travel Awards, Kenya Airways has maintained its title of 'Africa's Leading Airline since 2016 and has been among the ranks of the top 10 African Airlines for the last 16 years.

The airline is a member of SkyTeam Alliance, giving passengers access to numerous facilities worldwide including priority service, frequent flyer programs, a rebooking system and exquisite lounge facilities.

In tandem with the SkyTeam Alliance, the airline presently provides passage to over 50 destinations worldwide, with 40 of these being in Africa. Direct flights are also offered between Nairobi and Victoria Falls and from Nairobi to Harare.

Routes to and from South Africa

Kenya Airways South Africa offers direct flights to Nairobi from the following South African Airports:

  • OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
  • Cape Town International Airport

Routes serviced together with Sky Team Alliance worldwide network:

  • Zanzibar
  • Madagascar
  • Bangkok
  • The Seychelles
  • Dubai
  • Mumbai
  • London
  • Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • Hong Kong
  • Guangzhou
On board

Kenya Airways owns and operates a fleet of 43 passenger planes which offer the ultimate in safety and comfort for every passenger.

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

The Dreamliner is at the head of passenger aviation technology with considerable advance in customer comfort. Some of the notable features of this aircraft include:

  • Lower cabin altitude
  • Large windows with adjustable tint
  • Extremely low noise levels
  • Clean, healthy air
  • Larger storage areas

In addition, the aircraft offers increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

Boeing 737-800 and 700

The 737 remains the world's most popular jet and for good reason. These new generation aircraft offer the superb comfort and reliability that every discerning traveller expects.

Like the Dreamliner, these jets all feature the new Boeing Sky Interior with its many assets:

  • Led mood lighting for a calmer interior design
  • Sunrise and sunset emulation to eliminate jetlag
  • Large, pivoting overhead storage bins
  • Integrated speakers in every row
  • Integrated air vent and noise-reducing measures
  • Extra wide cabins thanks to sculpted sidewalls
  • Extra legroom and new Recaro seats
  • Large dimmable windows
  • Cleaner cabin air and reduced air pressure

Reduced emissions and lower fuel burn are part of the package too.

The 737-800 seats 189 passengers, the 737-700 accommodates 149 passengers.

Boeing 737-300F

The Boeing 737-300F is a freight aircraft with the same safety and fuel efficient features of its passenger counterparts.

Embraer E190

The double-bubble fuselage concept of this jet allows extra elbow-room for seated passengers, with wider seats and a wider aisle.

Near-vertical sidewalls and larger windows add to the aura of spaciousness in this aircraft.

These new age jets are designed with less noise and emission pollution in mind and offer excellent fuel economy.


The airline offers the following cabin classes:

Premier Business

By means of the SkyPriority programme, Kenya Airways offers several benefits to passengers travelling Business Class. The check-in, security, boarding and baggage delivery services are expedited for these travellers allowing for a seamless and effortless journey.

Customised menus are offered on day and night flights and meals are served with tea, coffee, wine, beer or spirits as preferred.

Premier passengers travel in comfort and style, disembark from the airplane first and receive priority baggage handling.

Economy Class

When you travel Economy Class with Kenya Airways you get to enjoy modern, slim-line seats designed with your comfort in mind. Each seat has an adjustable headrest, plenty of space to recline and a personal seat-back video screen. Leg room is 32 inches.

International travellers receive a complementary hot meal and beverage service as well as the option to indulge in duty-free shopping on board.

Kool Flyers

Students studying abroad have access to the Kool Flyers club which allows them to book tickets at a fixed price, regardless of the time of year.

You can upgrade the journey class of your Kenya Airways booking up to 2 days before departure.

On Board Entertainment

Passengers on board Kenya Airways flights are treated to a choice of over 1 000 hours of audio-visuals, multi-lingual movies, TV series and documentaries. A wider range of radio stations and music albums are on offer.

In addition, video games are offered as part of the in-flight entertainment menu.


Local travellers are entitled to 30kg of baggage in Economy Class and 40kg of luggage in Business Class.

International passengers may travel with 2 pieces of luggage weighing no more than 23kg each in Economy Class. The Business class limit is 3 pieces of 23kg each.

Prohibited Items

For the safety of all passengers, the list of substances which may not be transported on Kenya Airlines include:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks, explosives and flares
  • Lighters
  • Corrosive materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Sporting equipment such as billiard cues, golf clubs, baseball/cricket bats and hockey sticks
  • Baby strollers

Please be sure to check any revisions to this list before you fly with Kenya Airlines.

Pets on Board

Dogs and cats may be transported on Kenya Airlines provided arrangements are made well in advance. Pets are not allowed to travel without all the relevant documentation and inoculations.

Check in:

Online check-in is available for your Kenya Airways booking up to 30 hours in advance and up to 2 hours before your flight departs. Your boarding pass can be printed out at your convenience and you can proceed straight to the boarding gate on arrival. Baggage can be left at the check-in drop off point.

Passengers travelling on international flights should arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before flight departure while domestic passengers must check-in at least 90 minutes ahead of departure.

Members of the Flying Blue Elite loyalty program receive priority check-in, as do Business Class travellers.

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